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2:50 PM ET, January 15, 2008

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Macworld 2008: Steve Jobs keynote  —  Thanks for joining us for our live Macworld 2008 keynote coverage!  We're in, so click on, all our real-time updates are posted just after the break.  —  Note: this time we're updating from bottom to top, with the latest updates below.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs Keynote Live From Macworld  —  Below is the transcript, in reverse chronological order, from the Steve Jobs keynote at the Macworld Expo.  Thanks for tuning in!  —  10:44am: Newman stopped talking, Steve thanked everyone for coming, lots of applause, its over.
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
The Macworld 2008 Keynote Liveblog  —  8:54 PT We're inside.  Media scrum heading for seats.  Coldplay on the PA, crowd shots on the monitors.  Here with Scott McNulty, John Gruber, John Moltz and a whole lot of press.  —  The action starts here shortly before 9 am PT on Tuesday (12 noon ET) — don't miss it!
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Apple Premieres iTunes Movie Rentals With All Major Film Studios  —  New Apple TV Software Lets You Rent Movies Directly from Your Widescreen TV  —  Apple® today announced iTunes® Movie Rentals featuring movies from all the major movie studios including 20th Century Fox …
Discussion: Podcasting News, Bits and CyberNet
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
AAPL: Blogging Jobs; 5M Leopard Units; Wireless Backup; 4M iPhones; Movie Rentals; Apple TV; Macbook Air  —  I'll be live-blogging the keynote by Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs at Macworld right here.  Refresh often.  The event was supposed to start at 9, and is now a few minutes late.  Stand by...
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple MacBook Air Looks Absolutely Amazing  —  It's real.  The fabled MacBook Air actually exists.  It's ultra-thin, can have normal hard drive or a solid state one and, except for a couple ports, it's all about wireless connectivity.  It's an stunning .16 inches thick at the bottom and .76 inches on the top.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
The MacBook Air  —  Apple just announced the .16-inch thin MacBook Air — a laptop so thin it fits in a manila envelope.  The new machine features a full-size keyboard and LED-backlit 13.3-inch display with built-in iSight, and the new larger trackpad supports multi-touch gestures.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Sizing it up: MacBook Air vs. the rest
Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Breaking: Apple Insider Leaks Ultra-Portable Details
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple unveils the Apple TV, take 2  —  Apple just admitted that the first Apple TV didn't quite work out — so it's back with a new model that can access iTunes directly, and streams movies from the new rental store in both DVD quality and HD with 5.1 surround.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple TV Take 2: $229, No Computer Required, Direct Rentals (Netflix Screwed)
Patrik / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
First Rogue Cleaning Tool for Mac  —  We've just found the first Mac rogue application and it's called MacSweeper.  —  It claims to clean your Mac from compromising files and it will always find something to fix/clean but the only way to do so is to buy the program.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Samwer Brothers Invest In Facebook  —  Serial German entrepreneurs Alexander, Marc and Oliver Samwer have invested in Facebook, we've heard from a very reliable source - presumably as part of Facebook's recent $15 billion valuation round with Microsoft.  We are still trying to nail down the size of the investment.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Electronic Arts will bring ‘Spore’ to the Mac this year  —  This post has been updated to confirm when we should expect an official announcement from EA.  —  As has been anticipated, Electronic Arts is set to announce Tuesday that it will be bringing its highly anticipated game Spore to the Mac sometime in 2008.
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Coming to the Mac in 2008: ‘Spore’
Discussion: Kotaku
Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
Amazon.com is challenging French competition law  —  PARIS: The online retailer Amazon.com said Monday that it would pay €1,000 a day in fines, rather than comply with a court ruling upholding French limits on price discounts for books.  —  The company decided to pay …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Apple Announces Time Capsule Server for Wireless Time Machine Backup  —  At Macworld 2008, Apple just announced Time Capsule, a full Airport Extreme base station with 802.11n wireless and four ethernet ports, plus server grade hard drives to back up all of the Leopard Macs in the house.
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Matt Farrell / CMO COUNCIL:
POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR MARKETING SPEND REPORTED BY CMO COUNCIL  —  Annual Survey Sponsored by Deloitte Consulting LLP and Marketo Reveals Top Strategic Priorities for '08; Better Accountability and Use of Customer Data Analytics Lead List of Accomplishments  —  The Chief Marketing Officer …
Emma Hall / AdAge:
Wanna Be a Popular Social Networker?  Prepare to Pony Up  —  U.K.'s Badoo Bans Advertising and Gives Users Who Fork Over the Option to ‘Rise Up’ to Reach Mass Audience  —  LONDON (AdAge.com) — There's a new way to win popularity on a social network: Pay for it.
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Boom predicted for GPS-enabled handsets
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Fabrik acquires G-Technology to enhance Mac storage products
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple adds five apps to the iPod touch — for a price
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
VMware Acquires Thinstall to Take Virtualization to the Desktop
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Condé Nast Portfolio Expands Online Apps with Google, Facebook and LinkedIn
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Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
The attack of the ad-sponsored phone call
Kelly K. Spors / Wall Street Journal:
New Services Help Bloggers Bring in Ad Revenue
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New Gmail for the iPhone
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